Take a look at the comment below, caught by Akismet and held for moderation on a client blog I have access to, but not automatically marked as spam and removed when clicking the Check for Spam button. Why do I have to see it? What in this comment makes it even remotely possible to be a valid one?
Don’t get me wrong, Akismet is a great service, and it saves me a lot of time, as it does numerous others, but sometimes it amazes me what it lets through. And I’m not only thinking about the porn spam that litters most blogs’ moderation queues (or comment areas) should they have obtained some degree of traffic.
A lot of obvious spam is getting through, and if Akismet wants to stay the de facto standard of WordPress blogs, and have a chance to reach a similar position on other platforms out there, it needs to improve.
Maybe the solution is to make the users pay more if they want that extra sharp service? I would pay extra if it meant I didn’t have to see crap like the one above at all. Or the one below, which have hit me about a billion times the last week or so.
While Akismet by no means is something bad, or even a poor service, there is competition out there today, and that means that, if I get aggravated enough, I’ll turn to it and see if it can do better. And when it does, I’ll leave Akismet altogether. Users today aren’t exactly loyal, if we aren’t satisfied, we’ll turn to the next thing, and then the next.
Akismet still hold my spam fighting walls, but every now and then I’m seeing comment spam that just shouldn’t be let through, and it gets worse on blogs with more traffic. If this is something that goes for the battle on comment spam in general, or if it is something Akismet is struggling with, is hard to tell.
And you know what? I don’t care, I just want the spam to disappear, like it does in Gmail. Maybe Google will plunge into this area as well, now that they’re taking on Firefox? I’d at least welcome the competition.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.